In early November 2018, Lisa Ballard accompanied three firefighters, an emergency room technician and an electrical engineer from the Upper Connecticut River Valley to central Mexico. Part of the trip included the chance to trek to base camp on Pico de Orizaba (18,491 feet), the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America.
However, the real motivation was humanitarian. For more of the story, see the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Appalachia, which explores what motivates climbers to provide aid to others, then let Lisa take you to Pico de Orizaba through her stunning photographs and commentary.
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